A frustrated Tiger Woods was left to reflect on another second-place finish at a major this season and another failure to come from behind on Sunday.
Woods reacts to the missed putt that would have forced a play-off
The world number one carded a two-over 72 in the final round at Oakmont to finish one behind Angel Cabrera.
"Finishing second is never fun," said Woods. "You play so hard, it's just disappointing.
"My last four majors: one, one, two, two. Not terrible. But could have been a little bit better."
The 31-year-old American certainly had his chances at the US Open but when he needed birdies he could find only pars - seven of them in a row down the stretch.
"I wasn't that sharp on the front nine, that's for sure. I hit some poor iron shots," said Woods, who blamed two "bad chips" for his double-bogey at the 3rd.
"I hit the ball good on that back nine. I just needed, obviously, to make one more putt.
"I played well all week. I just need to analyse it and see where I went right and see what went wrong.
"I felt like I hit the ball pretty good. My pace on the greens, I thought, was really good, and I had just one three-putt all week."
Woods, who won the last two majors of last year to take his haul to 12, is still planning to continue his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors at Carnoustie next month. But that could change if his wife Elin looks like giving birth to their first child earlier than expected.
If he does skip the Open he will have until August to ponder on the fact that all 12 of his major wins came when he was leading or tied for the lead after 54 holes. He is now winless in 29 majors when trailing after the third round.
"I haven't gotten it done," admitted Woods, who has come from behind on the final day to win 16 PGA Tour titles.
"I put myself there, and haven't gotten it done."